The Hill School

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This article is about the boarding school in Pennsylvania. For the private school in Middleburg, Virginia, see the Hill School (Virginia).
The Hill School
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Pottstown, PA
Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1851
Headmaster Zachary G. Lehman
Faculty 68, 70% hold or are working toward advanced degrees
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 512[1]
Average class size 12
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus 300 acres (1.21 square km)
Athletics 29 Interscholastic
The Hill School - Athletics
Mascot Ram

The Lawrenceville School

colors = Confederate Gray, Union Blue

The Hill School is an elite, highly selective preparatory boarding school for boys and girls located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The Hill is part of an organization known as the Ten Schools Admissions Organization. This organization was founded more than forty years ago on the basis of a number of common goals and traditions. Member schools include The Hill School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, The Lawrenceville School, The Taft School, The Hotchkiss School, St. Paul's School, Loomis Chaffee, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Phillips Academy Andover.

In 2011, The Hill's endowment was approximately $120.3 million.[2]


The Hill School was founded in 1851 by the Rev. Matthew Meigs as the Family Boarding School for Boys and Young Men. The School opened on May 1, 1851, enrolling 25 boys for the first year. The Family Boarding School was the first of its kind in America. According to Paul Chancellor’s The History of The Hill School: 1851-1976, “He [Meigs] wanted to stress that he was not founding still another academy, but a type of school quite new and rare in America. There is a tendency to think that the boys’ boarding school as we know it existed as long as there have been private schools. It has not. Most of the 12 to 15 schools generally considered the “core” group were established in the last half of the nineteenth century…Of this whole group of schools, The Hill was the first to be founded as a family boarding school."[3]


The Hill School offers classes in many areas, including many AP courses.

The academic year is divided into trimesters lasting 10 weeks each. Classes are held six days a week, including Saturday morning. Student-teacher ratio is 7-1 and typical class size is 13-15 students.

All Hill students (day and boarding) are required to own an iPad. Boarding students are required to participate in a nightly study hall from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


The Hill competes in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League. The Hill's athletic teams are known as the Blues, and a ram serves as a mascot. The Hill's arch-rival is The Lawrenceville School of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The rivalry is celebrated annually on the first or second weekend of November. The festivities alternate between the two schools each year, and it is the 5th oldest school rivalry, and the 3rd oldest high-school rivalry, in the nation, dating back to 1887.[4] In 2006 the Hill-Lawrenceville rivalry entered into a new era as a combined Hillville soccer team traveled to England and Scotland to compete against Charterhouse School and Eton College defeating both schools on their home pitch.

Besides Hill and Lawrenceville, other schools in the league are Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey, Mercersburg Academy of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, and Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey.

All students are required to participate at some level of athletics, whether at the varsity or intramural level. Interscholastic sports include cross country, football, field hockey, soccer, tennis, squash, water polo, swimming, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track, and golf.

Some team highlights include the 2010 girls water polo Eastern Champions and the 2009 football MAPL champions. Also, Varsity girls field hockey has won repeated MAPL titles. The Girl soccer team has won repeated MAPL and PAISSA titles, as well.

Notable alumni[edit]

Years not listed[edit]


  • Zachary G. Lehman, 2012-
  • David R. Dougherty, 1993–2012
  • Charles C. Watson, 1973–1993
  • Archibald R. Montgomery, 1968–1973
  • Edward (Ned) T. Hall, 1952–1968
  • James Wendell, 1928–1952
  • Boyd Edwards, 1922–1928
  • Dwight R. Meigs, 1914–1922
  • Alfred G. Rolfe, 1911–1914
  • John Meigs, 1876–1911
  • Matthew Meigs, 1851–1876



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  2. ^ "Hill School FAQs". Retrieved 5 February 2013. As of June 2011, The Hill School's endowment was approximately $120.3 million. 
  3. ^ "Early History". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Ross, Rosemarie. "Hill ends season with key victory", Mercury (Pennsylvania), November 13, 2005. Accessed October 31, 2007. "In the game that annually means the most to them, it was near total Blues dominance as visiting Hill routed arch rival Lawrenceville, 41-18, Saturday to take home the silver trophy bowl for the second straight year. This was their 103rd showdown in a rivalry that started in 1887."
  5. ^ JOHN BACKUS: a restless inventor, accessed December 24, 2006
  6. ^ James A. Baker, 3rd, Current Biography, March 2007. Accessed December 25, 2007. "Like his father, Jim Baker, as he prefers to be known, attended the Hill School, a college prep school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, then enrolled at Princeton University."
  7. ^ Leslie Wayne, Perry R. Bass, 91, Patriarch of Famed Texas Oil Family, Dies, The New York Times, June 2, 2006
  8. ^ Clare O'Connor (2012-02-08). "The Mystery Monk Making Billions With 5-Hour Energy". Forbes magazine. 
  9. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Henry S. Coleman, 79, Dies; Hostage at Columbia in '68", The New York Times, February 4, 2006. Accessed September 12, 2009.
  10. ^ Glan, Latshering. "Interview with American Author Patrick Maher". Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Severo, Richard. "William Proxmire, Maverick Democratic Senator From Wisconsin, Is Dead at 90", The New York Times, December 16, 2005. Accessed October 31, 2007. "The family was well-to-do, and he was sent to the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and then to Yale, where he was an English major."
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  13. ^ "Hill alumnus Tom Wolf '67 elected Pennsylvania Governor". The Hill School. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 

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Coordinates: 40°14′42″N 75°37′59″W / 40.2449°N 75.6331°W / 40.2449; -75.6331